Music: A Gift of Privilege

Into the dusty little town of Prades, on the slopes of the French Pyrenees, chugged two busloads of string players from Barcelona. Stopping at a small villa where Cellist Pablo Casals is staying, the musicians unlimbered their fiddles and serenaded the master with Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Then, one by one, they embraced Casals and boarded the buses for the return trip.

It was the eve of the 16th annual Prades Festival, and the players, members of a music society that Casals founded in 1919, had made the long journey as a tribute to...

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